Beef row: Kashmiri students let off, police say meat not beef

The police have also identified the man who allegedly spread the rumour on a WhatsApp group and legal action has been initiated against him.

By: PTI | Jaipur | Published: March 17, 2016 9:07 pm
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Four Kashmiri students, who were arrested following rumours that they cooked beef in their hostel room in Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh, have been released, police said on Thursday, claiming the meat in their possession was prima facie not of the cow.

The police have also identified the man who allegedly spread the rumour on a WhatsApp group and legal action has been initiated against him, they said.

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“The four Kashmiri students were arrested and later released by the SDM court on Wednesday after they furnished personal bonds of Rs 25,000 each,” Superintendent of Police, Chittorgarh, Prasanna Kumar said on Thursday.

“We have also identified a local man named Gaurav who had circulated the rumour on a WhatsApp group which created tension on Monday night,” he said.

The students studying at a private university were allegedly manhandled by some other students after the rumour spread but police said the meat was not found to be beef. The Kashmiri youths were also alleged to have beaten up a local journalist when a crowd had gathered in front of the Mewar University to protest alleged cooking of beef.

[Read: Four Kashmiri students arrested for allegedly cooking beef at hostel]

The students were arrested yesterday under section 151 of CrPC (Arrest to prevent commission of cognizable offences).

Kumar said the meat which was brought to the university by the Kashmiri students was not beef and it became clear during the investigation.

“We have verified it from the butcher that it was not beef. However, we have sent samples to the Forensic Science Laboratory and the report is awaited,” he said.

The officer said a notice was also served to the university after a few cases were registered in different matters involving its students in the recent past, including the episode related to the Kashmiri youths.

“We have asked them to improve the situation and the university administration has assured they will ensure there is no problem related to law and order,” the officer said.

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  1. S
    Mar 17, 2016 at 4:31 pm
    how long these nautanki by BJP will go on these are done just to divert attention from core issues which we are facing as indians not a single poll promises is been fulfilled prices are on rise no black money coming corruption still going on at his best RIOTS EVERY NOW AND THAN
    1. B
      Mar 17, 2016 at 4:43 pm
      Good, let good prevail in society. Use time to develop yourself and your nation.
      1. M
        Mar 17, 2016 at 5:17 pm
        Beef politics is back. There was an unusual silence after Dadri and Bihar election. Now Kerala, WB, am state elections are near. That is why Beef got a headline. With the White Revolution the Desi cows have become extinct. Today, more than 99% of the Cows in India are either Jersey or Holstein. These Hybrid Humpless cows are not sacred as per Hindu rites. So the Central Govt should p an ordinance in Parliament to legitimize Beef eating. Otherwise, before each state election, the Beef politics will eat Nation's time. But pure Desi cows should protected.
        1. V
          Vasudevan Venugopal
          Mar 17, 2016 at 4:47 pm
          The local man who had circulated the rumor on a WhatsApp group should be booked by the concerned authorities and given exemplary punishment so that such incidents do not recur.